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Islam and Chinese Society

Genealogies, Lineage and Local Communities, 1st Edition

Edited by Jianxiong Ma, Oded Abt, Jide Yao


184 pages

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This book explores the long history in China of Chinese Muslims, known as the Hui people, and regarded as a minority, though in fact they are distinguished by religion rather than ethnicity. It shows how over time Chinese Muslims adopted Chinese practices as these evolved in wider Chinese society, practices such as constructing and recording patrilinear lineages, spreading genealogies, and propagating education and Confucian teaching, in the case of the Hui through the use of Chinese texts in the teaching of Islam at mosques. The book also examines much else, including the system of certification of mosques, the development of Sufi orders, the cultural adaptation of Islam at the local level, and relations between Islam and Confucianism, between the state and local communities, and between the educated Muslim elite and the Confucian literati. Overall, the book shows how extensively Chinese Muslims have been deeply integrated within a multi-cultural Chinese society.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Hui Communities from the Ming to the Qing

Jianxiong Ma

    1. The Mosque and Scripture-hall Education
    2. Jianxiong Ma and Jide Yao

    3. Succession in the Yunnan School (Yunnan xuepai) of Islamic Thought
    4. Zhihong Ma

    5. Spiritual Genealogies of Gansu: Chains of Transmission in the
    6. Jahrīya and Khafīya Turuq

      Jonathan N. Lipman and Thomas Wide

    7. Representations of Sufi Genealogy and Their Socio-Cultural
    8. Interaction in Modern Northwest China

      Chung-Fu Chang

    9. Social Conflicts between New Teaching and Old Teaching Sufi Orders among the Salar (Xunhua Sub-prefecture, Gansu Province) in the 18th Century
    10. Zongbao Ma

    11. Hui Lineages in Taozhou and the Acculturation of Islam during the Qing Dynasty
    12. Yue Que

    13. Ming-Qing Huihui Genealogies and Changing Communal Memory: A Study of Qingzhou (Shandong) Huihui Jiapu
    14. Huiqian Ding

    15. A Hui Muslim Lineage in Southwest China: A Case Study of the Xiaba Ma Genealogy
    16. Jianping Wang

    17. Genealogy Compilation and Identity Formation: Southeast China Communities of Muslim Descent

Oded Abt


About the Editors

Jianxiong Ma is Associate Professor in anthropology at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Oded Abt is a researcher and lecturer in Chinese social and religious history in the Department of East Asian Studies at Tel Hai College, Israel Jide Yao is Professor of Ethnology and the Director of both the Southwest Asia Research Institution and the Center of Iran Studies in Yunnan University, China

About the Series

The Historical Anthropology of Chinese Society Series

Historians are being increasingly attracted by the methodology of historical anthropology, an approach which combines observations in the field with documentary analysis, both of official documents and of documents collected from local society. In China, historians have been pursuing such local historical research for a generation, with very little of this work being available in English hitherto. This series makes available in English research undertaken by the Historical Anthropology of Chinese Society project based at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and related work. The books argue that top-heavy, dynasty-centred history is incomplete without an understanding of how local communities were involved in the government process and in the creation of their own historical narratives. The books argue that Chinese social history needs to be rewritten from the bottom up.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies